which do you prefer? POR or POFQ?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by PixieDustLove, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. PixieDustLove

    PixieDustLove Wife and Mommy to a Princess and Prince

    Aug 19, 2008
    we're thinking of taking a last minute november trip...the moderates are having such great fl rate deals!! we've only stayed at deluxes and have never visited a moderate. DH thinks POR looks the best and likes the mansion section..but overall i wanted a second opinion. what's your favorite? we've got two small kids and i've read through other threads ppl suggest french quarter b/c of the size but dh kind of thinks the alligator statues and martigras theme is semi-cheesy (PLEASE PLEASE no offense to anyone that likes it there....i think it's cute!) :) i guess the main part is which has the nicer rooms in your opinion...pool...lobby...restaurants..etc? thank you!!
  2. kaffinito

    kaffinito <font color=teal>Grant me the Serenity to Accept t

    Apr 7, 2008
    I would give POR a slight edge. The rooms in the AB section are really nice with trundle beds and rustic furniture. The Mansion section looks more formal/down south/plantation style. The food court is larger and has really good food, and POR has several quiet pools and one nice main pool. It also has a sit down restaurant.

    The only reason I give POR the edge is due to the food court. For us it's important to have a good food court for several meals. The theming at POFQ is not too much or "in your face" at all. The sculptures are only in a few areas, and just make for a nice touch. POFQ is just as lovely in person as POR is, with the main difference being the city garden vs rustic garden landscaping. The size and the layout are also very nice and everything there is just a short walk from everywhere else.

    Happy planning! :goodvibes
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  4. NHTikiBeckie

    NHTikiBeckie DIS Veteran

    Apr 2, 2006
    I like the theming of POR better, but I LOVE the small size of POFQ, and the bus service picks up there first.
  5. WDisneyWforMe

    WDisneyWforMe Mouseketeer

    Apr 9, 2008
    Boy that is a tough one!! But I think I would have to give POFQ my vote. The quaint size of the resort is such a plus! The pool is fun, the food court is really very good and the shopping area isn't bad either! The bus being first off in the evening is really nice too! But like I said it's a hard choice because POR is great too! But it can be a REALLY LONG walk to the food and shopping areas if you are in AB or some of the mansions! I think you will be please with either choice though really.
  6. SnowWtch

    SnowWtch DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    POFQ would be my pick and we're staying there again in December. It's small size is perfect for us. DH has arthritis so with this resort I don't have to request something specific b/c they're all pretty close. It's quiet and romantic.
  7. puffkin

    puffkin DVC Owner- SSR & AKV

    Apr 30, 2001
    We just got back from POFQ (2 night stay before our DVC stay at AKV) and I LOVED it. The room was really nice and the resort is beautiful. Everything seemed really fresh and new there, I am not sure when it was rehabbed last but it was in great shape. The food court is smaller but pretty good and it isn't far to get over to Riversides food court if you prefer.

    The pool isn't real big, but the slide was perfect for younger kids. And the size of the resort is great. We were in building 7 about as far from the main building/bus stop as you can be and it was still a quick walk. Riverside is HUGE. It is also nice being the first ones on/off the busses.

    We have now stayed at all the mods and POFQ is my favorite with POR a close second.
  8. HeatherBelle614

    HeatherBelle614 Always wishing on a star!

    Aug 7, 2008
    Going to have to go with POFQ, too.

    We loved that it was a small resort; they have some great options in the food court, too. Have you ever had beignets? They're pure fried goodness covered in powder sugar. WONDERFUL!! I'm pretty sure that's the only place you can get them, too.

    The theme isn't obnoxious, as said above. And, the whole resort is very romantic. We stayed there for a week this past June and have nothing but wonderful things to say; POR is OK. I guess it's just too big for us.

    And ditto a previous poster; our room looked newly done. Not sure when they refurbed it, but it's kept up very well. GREAT resort; we've stayed at most mods, and this one is by far my favorite. I will always go back here (if our budget is for a mod.)

    I can't remember our building number, but we were in the back and still only had a 5 minute walk to everywhere. And, we had a corner room, so we had two huge windows that looked out to the river where they run the boats to DTD. It was wonderful!!!
  9. SuzieN

    SuzieN DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2007
    They are both wonderful but my family prefers POFQ. It is a truly charming little resort with everything nearby. Literally just minutes to the food court, lobby, pool, bus stop, boat launch, etc..... Good luck with your decision!
  10. Tarheel girl 1975

    Tarheel girl 1975 Supposed Former Fastpass Hoarder

    Jul 16, 2008
    I think it's funny that I asked the same question about a week ago and all the responses I got favored POR :confused3 We currently have POR booked for bounceback, but I've been having a hard time deciding between the two as well.
  11. Clare

    Clare Mouseketeer

    Jan 15, 2001
    We have stayed at both, and we enjoyed both very much (and, like you, we typically stay at the deluxes). I think the themes at both are very well-done. I also worried after I saw photos of those Alligator statues at POFQ, but once we got there I found the whole place very charming. POR is equally charming.

    We like that POR has an table-service restaurant, Boatwright's. We have eaten breakfast there several times & it is always great.

    Still though, for me, the small size of POFQ gives it the advantage. It's just so nice to not worry about what building you'll be in because they are all so conveniently located.

    Have funn planning!
  12. Mousemom

    Mousemom DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2005
    We love POFQ and are planning another trip staying at this resort next year. We like the size, theming, pool, and food court. It is also a very nice walk to POR for their sit down restaurant and boat rental.
  13. GovieMom

    GovieMom DIS Veteran

    Sep 29, 2007
    POR for us all the way!! It's much more lushly and beautifully landscaped, has a larger foodcourt, giftshop and main pool, and a wonderful restaurant. POFQ is more compact; but POR is so gorgeous we didn't mind the extra walking.
  14. nicki.momof3

    nicki.momof3 Addicted to Disney Vacations

    Jul 21, 2008
    POR is teh one for us. We really like the lush grounds. POFQ is more open and not as much of a "natural" pretty setting. We also really like the extra trundle bed in AB.
  15. tinkjess3

    tinkjess3 Mouseketeer

    Jul 30, 2008
    POR is the one my husband and I love. We love it so much that we have not stayed at another resort since our first stay at POR!!! The natural beauty is wonderful! A relaxing atmosphere.
  16. upquinby

    upquinby Earning My Ears

    Oct 14, 2008
    I think it depends on where you are in AB -- we were there last year and it was a very short walk to the food and shopping areas. Plus we were close to the pool and fishing hole. We loved it!
  17. Shmily1

    Shmily1 DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2007
    We've stayed at both and POR wins hands down!! It's just a nicer place and there is more to do there. I know you can walk between them, but why walk over there if you can stay there and it be right outside your door?:confused3 We love the mansions!!! They are so nostalgic and the rooms in them are great. Breakfast at Boatwrights is great too!! POR is a more relaxing and peaceful resort. It's wonderful!!!
  18. Pirate at Heart

    Pirate at Heart <font color=teal>do you have to wear the wet suits

    Jan 12, 2007
    We have stayed both places and prefer POR. I just feels more laid back to me. We liked the rooms better at POR as well as the overall theme. The food court was better at POR and offered more choices. POR is defiantly more spread out than FQ but we didn't mind walking. FQ is very nice too. I think you'll be fine with either choice.
  19. ols386

    ols386 I want to live at Disney World!!

    Jan 29, 2008
    My favorite would be POR. Love the theming, boat transportation to DTD, pools, and the food court. But if I had small children, I'd probably go with POFQ, mainly because it is smaller, and less walking with the little ones.
  20. buzznina

    buzznina DIS Veteran

    Oct 18, 2007
    Our DD(4) likes the alligators at POFQ, wants to take a picture with each oneprincess: Remember POFQ is only a short walk from the mansions at POR and you are allowed to use their ammenities since they are sister resorts. We have stayed at and enjoy both of the resorts and are happy at either one.
  21. andrewilley

    andrewilley GNU Terry Pratchett

    Oct 17, 2007
    My vote goes for POR because of the better facilities onsite, the number of pools, and the general lushness and variety of theming. But as has been said, it's a lot bigger than FQ and so I would always suggest trying to get a room close to the main buildings.


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